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"Forget R2 and just buy and mod this to your own desire. One of the classics of the series and extremely fun tactics based as well as strategy."

About This Game

Once the Roman Empire is under your command, don't lay down your sword just yet - the Barbarians are coming. With two award-winning titles from the esteemed Total War series, you'll have twice as many obstacles and opportunities to control and conquer the greatest empire ever known to man.
The Gold Edition includes:
Rome: Total War Guide one of three noble Roman families on a century spanning quest to seize control of the Roman Empire.
Rome: Total War - Barbarian Invasion
(official expansion pack to Rome: Total War) Witness the decline of Rome as Barbarian hordes attack, forcing a bitter internal struggle between rival factions.
  • Voted 2004 Best Strategy game by IGN, GameSpy and GameSpot.
  • Fight alongside or against history's greatest leaders such as Julius Caesar, Spartacus, and Hannibal to expand or destroy the Roman Empire.
  • Lay siege against the Romans as Attila the Hun, fearful Saxons, or other savage factions using signature weapons and abilities.
  • Command warrior-tested legions in cinematic epic battles with thousands of soldiers on-screen at once.
  • A century-spanning campaign charges players with strategically managing the economic, civil, religious and military arms of their empire.

System Requirements

    Minimum: Microsoft® Windows® 2000/XP, Pentium III 1.0GHz or Athlon 1.0GHz processor or higher, 256MB RAM, 2.9GB of uncompressed free hard disk space (plus 500MB for Windows swap file), 100% DirectX® 9.0c compatible 16-bit sound card and latest drivers, 100% Windows® 2000/XP compatible mouse, keyboard and latest drivers, DirectX® 9.0b, 64MB Hardware Accelerated video card with Shader 1 support and the latest drivers. Must be 100% DirectX® 9.0b compatible, 1024 x 768 Display Resolution, Internet (TCP / IP) play supported;Internet play requires broadband connection and latest drivers; LAN play requires Network card (Multiplayer)
    Important Note: Some cards may not be compatible with the 3D acceleration features utilized by Medieval II: Total War. Please refer to your hardware manufacturer for 100% DirectX® 9.0b compatibility.
Helpful customer reviews
457 of 516 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
921.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
Just wanted to write a review so you could see my hours played. Game is too fun
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295 of 352 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
36.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2014
Killed 9,000 peasants with 60 legionaries 10/10
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116 of 129 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
34.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
The best in the series, period. If you're going to get a game, get this one. It's worth way more than $10.
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155 of 186 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
136.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
Well.....reviewing this game is hard. For it's time, it was without a doubt one of, if not the greatest, strategy games of all time. However, comparing it to newer Total Wars,(except for ROME II, that is something else entirely) it lacks in several things, notably historical accuracy, diplomacy, and managing your government. For one, in historical accuracy, there are multiple nations(like Gaul, Spain, Greece, etc.) that are unified nations even though in real life they were a divided people, with seperate clans, city states, etc. but for some reason CA mashed a lot of city states and tribes together to form unified nations, which is complete bogus. Also, in historical accuracy, Egypt is not Hellenistic at ALL. They still have traditional Egyptian Paganism as their religion, and their units are traditional Egypitan ones, even though Egypt was now practically a Middle Eastern copy of Greece thanks to Alexander the Great. In diplomacy, there are very few options(some examples are trade rights, allaince, map info, etc.) and, therefore, made diplomacy lose it's immersion. Finnaly, there is governemnt. For Roman factions, the Republic government is fairly adequately displayed, but in general, there really is no "government system" like in Empire Total War, although there is a family tree where you can set the faction heir, adding a bit of spice to government. If we put those those things aside, you will find a true classic of a strategy game-and I'm pretty sure most people here would agree with me. In a time where graphics made people look like horrible mutants, AI was as smart as your neighborhood stray dog, and strategy games lacked a lot of actual strategy, this game was revolutionary. The graphics, although considered inferior to today's games, probably looked like real life to a lot of players back in 2004....me included. The jump from the previous Total War, Medieval, to Rome's graphics was absoultely stunning. The AI (which, to be honest, is not very much smarter than the neighborhood stray) was practically as smart as Albert Einstein for players back then. Diplomacy, while lacking in true immersion, added a whole new level of strategy to games, as this system was pretty much only used in previous Total Wars, and even then it was really basic. And government, while being very basic, also adds to the strategy of the game, as you scramble to find a sutiable heir for your glorious (or, more often than not, not-so-glorious) empire. Speaking of empires, there are 20 factions, with about half of them playable, half not playable. Technically, there is a 21st faction, the Rebels. The rebels not only represent actual rebels, which I am perfectley ok with, but they also represent "minor factions" that CA left out of the game, which is kinda sloppy to me. However, all-in-all, the campaign is amazing. Now..on to battles. It is not possible to manage a nation without going to war, and this game certainly does not oppose that fact. You will end up in countless battles, usually with random weaklings who think they are gangstas and are better than you, but you will often find yourself matched against a worthy foe. If it is a land, battle, you can do one of three things-Fight the battle out on a battle map, have the computer auto resolve the battle, or retreat. For naval battles, you only have the auto resolve option. For the battle map, you and everyone involved-whheter or not they are on your side-will command various units that can be trained in cities if you have the proper buildings. You command these soldiers to victory-or defeat-against the enemy. I personally belive CA did a great job on the battle mehcnaic of the game

If you like Total War games, strategy games in general, video games in general, or if you like life, then buy this game. Even if you don't like life, still buy it. This is a true classic of a strategy game, and you would be a fool to pass on it.

Overall, 9/10.
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62 of 64 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5,056.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
Absolutely amazing game.. If you can get it to work.. For no apparent reason the game won't work on some computers even if the specs are met (I checked) 10/10 game, 1/10 job on Steam's part. Seriously guys, I've looked everywhere on the Steam forums for help and plenty of people have this problem but the steam "support" team doesn't seem to care.
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59 of 65 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2014
Despite that the game is already 10 years old, Rome: Total War is, in my opinion, one of the best games in the Total War franchise. It doesn't have the best graphics, but hey, it's a game released in 2004, who cares about the graphics?

The gameplay... ah, f**k it, try it yourself. Just trust me, it's worth a go!
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39 of 42 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
234.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
Years of preparing, extensive training, all the lands blacksmiths put to work crafting metals for the valiant warriors on the field all worked up to this day.....this battle of monarchs to decide who has control over rome, and soon the world. As the soldiers are given speeches of modivation, you hear battle cries and the clanging of swords and shields together "We will win or die! We fight for supremacy, freedom and for the good of Rome and its people! Now bring your talents and skills to work and we will overtake the great city of Rome!". The siege towers and battering rams make their way to the stone walls, whilst being under heavy projectile suppression and the mighty legionarres follow closely behind. Many lives are lost on the way to the behemoth they call Rome, but finally the soldiers noble efforts are rewarded! The massive towers hit the walls and the soldiers begin their valiant climb to honour.

The legionarres are now at the top of the tower as silence stikes the crowd, mentally preparing the soldiers for a struggle to capture the walls. The commander cuts the rope binding the bridge to the tower......*THUMP*......the bridge is down. "For Rome!" shouts the commander as his men file onto the walls and directly into the fray. The Soldiers could already hear the battles happening on the other quadrants of the walls.....shouts of pain and bloodlust, sword striking sword, and the occasional wail of men falling off of the walls. The Commander finnaly jumps into the battle and downs two opposing legionarres, "The battle is going perfectly" he thought "Rome is ours!". The commader strikes down yet another legionarre, but suddenly he feels a certain unexplainable.......nothing....... he tries to ignore it, but its spreading. He looks down at his legs and sees blood dripping from the inside fo his chestplate, "Oh no, not this, not now, anything but this" he wailed in his head as he dropped to his knees........he had been slain. His soldiers were distraught over the loss of their beloved commander but kept fighting, to avenge his death. As the last opposing soldier fell to roman steel, the soldiers loosed a shout of triumph, heard througout the city to let it be known that the walls had been captured. Soon similar shouts emitted from the other sides of the walls. Victory! but it wasnt over yet.

Hundreds of soldiers piled into the keep and started climbing down to the streets where the true clash of honour and virtue. Soon enough the soldiers were on the streets and marching twoards the emperors palace when suddenly thunder struck the surface......the veteran warriors of rome knew that sound all too well.......a cavalry charge! "Brace yourselves!" shouted the General as horses and spears collided with sword and shield and made a bitter crumpling sound as the rookie soldiers were crushed before they could turn their shields to the stampede of mounted warriors. The clashing of metal upon metal followed, due to their superior numbers the infantry cut down the cavalry quickly. the incoming infantry of rome watched as the remaining legionarres and cohorts filed in to the emperors palace to defend all they had left. By the time the soldiers reached the palace the doors were barred. The soldiers smashed up against the massive doors repeatedly and eventally they burst open!

"Charge!!" Deafening roars from the charging legionarres fill the sky as they clash together violently. The sounds of battle ring in many soldiers ears, swords clanging, shields meeting swords, swords meeting armor. the front line of legionary cohorts thins as the attackers press onwards to capture the throne room. A bloody hellacious battle follows as the cohorts are wiped out and the attacking legions are met with the bulk of the enemy troops. Plentiful ammounts of casualties are sustained as both sides weaken from exhaustion. The final soldiers fight for everything they know, for everything they want, and for everything they need. The last soldier falls, and the emporer is left to the wrath of the mighty general. "This city is ours now. you fought well and you are a worthy adversary.....just not worthy enough to retain Rome" Were the final words spoken as the quivering Emperor is struck down with one mighty blow. The city of Rome was overtaken.

11/10

"I came, I saw, I conquered" ~Julius Caesar
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59 of 76 people (78%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
1,213.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
ROME TOTAL WAR IS THE BEST RTS OUT.
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29 of 29 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
1000 flaming pigs vs 500 war elephants
see elephants
tell pigs to charge
pigs all burn to death before getting within 200 meters of elephants
i'm still the best general in rome
10/10
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47 of 64 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
326.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
One of the best games on the PC

9/10
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29 of 34 people (85%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
110.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
My Phalanx brings all the Romans to the yard, they're like it's bigger than yours, damn right from the mainland to the shores!

10/10
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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
Easy to learn. Easy to become an addict. Hard to master.
Probably the best strategy game of all time.
Buy it. Play it. Love it.

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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
56.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
By buying this game, you have no need to buy Atilla or Rome 2, because not only is this game better than Rome 2 in many ways, but it also comes with the Barbarian Invasion expansion, which is cheaper and is better than Atilla.
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20 of 26 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
21.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
ludus hoc est mirabile.
decem ex decem.
Gallum volo vincere iterum.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 5
Still one of the best game in a total war series.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
202.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
Rome: Total War is the most highly acclaimed game in the Total War series. Upon it's launch, it was apparent that the Total War series had something different to offer to fans of Turn Based Grand Strategy games. In time, it would become known as one of, if not, the best Total War games ever made. You might ask yourself why out of all the newer Total War games is Rome the best? Well, there's several simple reasons.

Pros:
- Simple design, as it is one of the first TW games
- Large, sprawling cities to battle in, but not too detailed so as to distract the player.
- The single best Soundtrack you will find in any TW game.
- Large map, but not on a ludacris scale such as Rome II.
- Great choice of factions
- Campaign and battle map look beautiful
- This game can be played smoothly at its highest settings on any modern computer
- Massive replay value

Cons:
- Outdated -
Rome II has been out for quite some time, however it is hard to tell which is better. Rome is a nice and simple, beautifully done game. It is what CA was praised for in the Total War series. Rome II is way more technical with a great deal more to learn.

Honestly, there aren't many cons about this game. Just as I have, almost all major and indie critics have given this game a 9/10, 95%, 4.5/5, etc. This was also given "14th Greatest Game of All Time" apparently and I do think it deserves it.

10/10

Note: Rome: Total War was released around the same time as Steam. I did not have steam until about 2008, therefore the hours shown here do no reflect all hours I've played.

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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
87.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
If you are new to the Total War series, this is perfect for you. Did you ever want to become a general of an entire army? Yes? Then go and buy this game. Have you ever wanted to say veni, vidi, vici in an apropriate situation? Well then, go and buy this game! Play as your ancestors and see what they have probably seen in this part of time.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
145.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
As the user-defined tags suggest this is a historical strategy game. The overworld campaign is a turn-based grand strategy- sort of a simplified Civilization. The battles are mostly real time, with a toggle for 2x or 3x, so I guess it could be argued there is a 4x element to the battle.

The campaign takes a long time to finish, but it is good training if you want to play multiplayer. There are some troops that don't seem to be very good relative to their costs- I'm thinking the Arcanii (why only 16????????!!!!!!!!!!), but for the most part the game seems pretty balanced.

The biggest downside for me was the fact that this game crashes every 4th or 5th battle, and I hear I am not the only person who has this problem. The public order system can also be wonky- I lost a settlement to a gladiator revolt, then recaptured it and two turns later there was another gladiator revolt with the exact same amount of gladiators.

Overall, I would strongly reccomend this game if you like the idea of massive battles, tactical thinking, or time consuming strategic considerations. I know I loved it.

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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
(Just around bedtime)
Mom: Stop playing!
Me: Just a city more mum, Patavium is going down!
(Sun rises)
Mom: Patavium took you the whole night?
Me: And maybe the whole of Gaul, are you proud of me mum now?

10/10
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
24.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
This game is a MUST have for any gamer, especialy RTS enthusiasts. Its gameplay is responsive, its factions compelling, and it sports a beautiful campaign. I believe it is underpriced greatly at 10 US Dollars, but who am I to complaign. If you do not own this game... Buy it... I cannot do it as much justice as it deserves... I actuialy never really cared for roman stuff untill i pkayed this game... now I am obsessed... with Rome... SPQR!

THUMBS UP TO ROME!!!

P.S.
There are Gladiators...
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